A new TesleCrypt ransomware virus spread on the internet targeting gamers and their files along with other important documents
Firstly discover in February 2015, TeslaCrypt ransomware is now spreading across the internet. It`s different from a typical ransomware virus because of the way it picks its targets. Most ransomware encrypts information like video files, music, text files, program databases or images. But TeslaCrypt infects mostly gamers and encrypts save-files, profiles, launchers and other important files. A real disaster for all gamers out there. Right now there are more than 45 video games that are targeted by TeslaCrypt, among them, World of Warcraft, Dragon Age, Minecraft, StarCraft, World of Tanks. Also, it infects popular gaming platforms like Steam.
All video games related files will be encrypted once TeslaCrypt virus is installed. But another important detail is that after that, this ransomware will demand a release fee in the amount of $500(more of less). This ransom fee should be paid through PayPal system or by using Bitcoins. For PayPal, it may be a doubled amount of money for a release due to its risk factors. This is one of the first ransomware viruses that are using cryptocurrency today.
TeslaCrypt infects the computer and after the encrypting process it will change some of your computer settings to show you the message. This virus will alter your desktop background and open files with names “_how_recover_.HTML”, “_how_recover_.TXT”, or HELP_TO_DECRYPT_YOUR_FILES.txt , or Howto_Restore_FILES.BMP, a lot of different possibilities. These files will be copied in all possible folders of your system and contain the same message, that your computer is infected and encrypted and you need to purchase a decryption key.
UPDATE 18 May 2016: TesleCrypt ransomware developers have closed their project and released a master decription key that can be used to decrypt all files for free, without any payments.
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